International Summer School, New Delhi

The International Summer School, New Delhi is an intensive academic programme that brings together students from all over the world as they study and interact with one another over the course of a summer in India’s national capital. Its purpose is to promote international goodwill and cultural understanding at the level of young minds as they learn about India and its role in the twenty first century.

- Mission Statement

Established in 2013, the International Summer School, New Delhi (ISS) is an intensive, six-week academic programme that brings together students from all over the world as they study and interact with one another over the course of a summer in India’s national capital. The programme is convened annually under the banner of the Government’s acclaimed Incredible !ndia campaign, with the support of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA,

The 2017 session, which was our fifth, took place at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. Lectures were held at the JNU Convention Centre as they have since 2016. Past ISS sessions in 2013, 2014 & 2015 were successfully held at another reputed Central University in New Delhi, namely the Jamia Millia Islamia.

The ISS aims at promoting international goodwill and cross-cultural dialogue amongst promising young individuals, developing their potential as future leaders in government, business and civil society; with India as a study model, it offers undergraduate course modules and experiences that introduce the students to a range of issues and debates that are shaping contemporary developing societies.

The six-week programme at the ISS has been divided into two distinct components:

Course modules at the ISS include Indian Politics, The Indian Economy, Indian Sociology and Indian History. Fieldwork, which is considered the programme’s fifth module, allows students to engage with India through a series of workshops, cultural activities and a volunteer experience as well as to build on the knowledge gained from the other four modules.

The academic syllabus at the ISS is supplemented by seminars scheduled throughout the programme where students are able to interact with eminent speakers on topics that are relevant to the nation and its people. A short course on the Hindi language at a beginner’s level is also part of the programme. Visits to sites that showcase India’s rich culture and heritage are also planned over the course of the programme, including excursions to Agra and Jaipur.

Over the past four years, the programme has had representation from countries such as Japan, Mexico, South Africa, the United States of America (USA), China, the Philippines, Syria, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Morocco, Germany, Malaysia, Denmark, Iran, Turkmenistan, Thailand, the United Kingdom (UK), Bangladesh, Colombia, Uzbekistan, Iraq, the Kingdom of Bhutan, Tajikistan, Fiji, Yemen, Nigeria, Nepal, Lao PDR, Norway, Sri Lanka, Palestine, Afghanistan and Indonesia apart from students originating from different states and regions of India.

Many of these participants have been students at some of the top institutions of the world with which the ISS has formal collaborations and/or arrangements in place, with the University of California, the University of Oxford, the University of Tokyo, National University of Singapore, the University of Adelaide and the Royal University of Bhutan being just a few among them. Entities such as the MEA, the ASEAN Secretariat, the High Commission of India in Bangladesh & the India Bhutan Foundation generously provide their backing to the ISS by way of financial and/or other support.